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ACTION ALERT! FedCURE's Contact Congress Campaign: BARBER Amemdment Good Time Bill


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16 March 2012

Dear FedCURE Members, Supporters and Friends: 
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FedCURE NEWS:  S.1231 ~ Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2011 |  BARBER AMENDMENT  |  Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor Elimination Act of 2011  [FCN-160312-INST]
I.  FedCURE Call-2-Action: S.1231 ~ Second Chance Reauthorization Act | Contact your Senators. Now!  http://www.fedcure.org/documents/S.1231SCRA2011.shtml:
S.1231, as amended by (ALB11493), 21 July 2011, [Struck out] `SEC. 2907. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.   Subsequently, Congress passed H.R. 2112  - Public Law No: 112-55, The 'Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012' (continuing appropriations through 12/16/2011). Wherein, $63 million dollars is given to DOJ for Second Chance Act.  The President's Budget for FY 2013, at page 793, states that "$58 million in offsets are included for: a proposed legislative initiative that would allow additional Good Conduct Time for inmates; expanding the compassionate release program; information technology savings; and realignment of administrative operations."    
S.1231, as amended by (ALB11493), 21 July 2011, provides, in part, as follows:
1) Increased good time "at the rate of 54 days per year of sentence imposed;" and
2) to earn credit towards a sentence up to 60 days a year for an inmate who successfully participates in a program that has been demonstrated to reduce recidivism; and
3) additionally, SEC. 4. FEDERAL REENTRY IMPROVEMENTS, amending SCA, Section 231(g), Elderly Release provisions, broadening the scope of inmates who qualify by reducing the age limit from 65 to 60, or 75% of (the greater) of 'imprisonment to which the offender was sentenced.' 
Committee approval is only the first step in the legislative process. The Second Chance Reauthorization Act now moves to the full Senate for consideration.   You and your contacts and their contacts must rally if you want the bill to pass.
While Sen. Grassley opposes good time, FedCURE is strongly urging Sen. Portman's office and Sen. Judiciary Committee members that S.1231 be amended to read "at the rate of 128 days per year of sentence imposed;" and that SEC. 4., amending SCA, Section 231(g), to read that, an "Eligible elderly offender.-- who is not less than 60 years of age and has served the lesser of 10 years or 75 percent of the sentence imposed, excluding a sentence of 99 years or more."   You can do the same.
Automatically track S. 1231 on GovTrack.US here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-1231
II.  FedCURE Call-2-Action:  Support the BARBER Amendment ~ federal good time bill - PROPOSAL.
Over 31,000 Signatures ~~~ Sign the BARBER Amendment Petition on CHANGE.org ~ Send Your Support & Comments To 112th Congress on POPVOX. http://www.fedcure.org/documents/HR1475.shtml.  Call, Fax and Write Congress, urging them to introduce and pass BARBER. NOW!
"THE BARBER AMENDMENT: A bill to amend Title 18 U.S.C. ยง 3624(b)(1) as follows: by striking the number "54" in the first sentence as it appears and inserting in lieu thereof the number "128"; and in the same sentence, by striking "prisoner's term of imprisonment" and inserting in lieu thereof "sentence imposed." This amendment is retroactive. [END]."  
Note: The Barber Amendment has not been introduced. FedCURE is seeking bipartisan support for the bill in the 112th Congress.  With your help, we can make it happen. 
You and your contacts and their contacts must rally if you want the BARBER to be introduced and passed.
III.  FedCURE c2a ~ OPPOSE ~ H.R. 313 and S.1672, the `Drug Trafficking Safe Harbor Elimination Act of 2011' http://pvox.co/EtGE7d
These are very bad bills that must be defeated. For over 40 years 'The War on Drugs' has had cancerous effects on the Constitutional rights of every American citizen. In an act of gutlessness, the House let the measure "pass" without even a voice vote. We must defeat this bill in the Senate.
H.R. 313 and S.1672 exacerbates the current law of conspiracy (21 USC 846) by criminalizing arrangements made in the United States for drug transactions that take place completely outside this country, some of which may not even be illegal in the countries where they occur. The maximum penalties under these bills is life without parole.
Call, Fax and Write Congress. NOW!  ACTION: http://www.fedcure.org/documents/H.R.313~S.1672.shtml
You and your folks have to e-mail, call, fax and write Congress urging them to take action on items I, II & III, above.
ACTION --- Call, Fax & Write to:
The Honorable Lamar Smith, Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary
2138 RHOB, Washington, DC 20515-6216
Telephone: (202) 225-3951
Fax: (202) 225-8628
All Committee Members:
The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman
United States Senate
Committee on the Judiciary
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-7703
Fax: (202) 224-9516
All Committee Members;
Be advised that FedCURE and its partners continue working to consolidate our Second Look agenda into one bill, which would be known as the 'Sentencing Reform Act of 2012,' that would:
-Establish a hybrid system of federal parole and increased good time allowances.
-Provided enhanced reentry opportunities - FedCURE's White House Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships Reentry Program.
-Repeal mandatory minimum sentencing.
-Establish a 1 to 1 sentencing ratio for crack and powder cocaine.
-Streamline and increase the use of Title 18 USC 3582 -- Reduction In Sentence.
-Restore PELL grants.
-Promote a system that incarcerates fewer people and provides humane conditions for those who are incarcerated or under post-incarceration supervision via parole or supervised release.
Ps. There is a rumor going around about a "One Shot Parole bill." Please be advised that there is no such bill in Congress.
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